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Abrucena (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of Abrucena - Image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 24 October 2012

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Presentation of Abrucena

The municipality of Abrucena (1,299 inhabitants in 2013; 8,368 ha; municipal website) is located at the northern edge of the Sierra Nevada in Los Filabres, 70 km north-west of Almería.

Abrucena was established as a Roman military post known as Apricius or Lauricius. The Castellejo fortress, still standing today, was built on the site of the Roman post during the reign of Abd-Allah, the last Zirid king of Granada, to watch the Almería-Granada road. Upon request by tha Arabs and he seamen of Pechina, the road was protected by a network of fortresses, such as Abrucena, Abla, Alhama, Alhabia and Bentarique.

Klaus-Michael Schneider & Ivan Sache, 24 October 2012

Symbols of Abrucena

The flag and arms of Abrucena, adopted on 1 March 2001 by the Municipal Council and revised on 30 April 2002 after rejection by the Royal Academy of Cordóba, are prescribed by Decree No. 193, adopted on 2 July 2002 by the Government of Andalusia and published on 25 July 2002 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 87, pp. 14,144-14,145 (text). This was confirmed by a Decree adopted on 30 November 2004 by the Government of Andalusia and published on 20 December 2004 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 246, pp. 28,986-29,002 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag, in proportions 1:1.5, green with a light yellow bordure of width 1/6 of the panel's height. In the middle of the flag is placed the municipal coat of arms, in adequate proportions.
Coat of arms: Vert a semi-ruined tower or masoned sable port and windows azure surrounded dexter by an olive tree argent and sinister by a holly oak of the same the two over waves argent and azure. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

The tower represents the today's ruins of the old fortification of Roman origin. The olive tree represents the today's resources of the municipality while the oak represents its past resources. The waves highlight the link of the village with water, the source of its wealth and culture.
[Símbolos de las Entidades Locales de Andalucía. Almería (PDF file)]

Klaus-Michael Schneider & Ivan Sache, 24 October 2012